Read What? Lahore – Book 1 of the Partition Trilogy by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar.
Language. Genre. Pages: English. Drama. 328 Pages
What’s it about? The India-Pakistan Partition took place decades ago.
To us, it was an event, a very important one that still impacts us. To those who lived it, the people who lost possessions, friends, in some cases families, and themselves when the line between the countries was drawn, it was an event that changed everything.
Those who were there lived with the memories of it and passed on the stories like you would pass on family heirlooms. Lahore is Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s 1st book of the Partition Trilogy, written from 2 points of view, a Political behind-the-scenes and another from a common man’s point of view. Part Fiction and part non-fiction, this book transports you back in time, to relive those days that led to a decision that changed things forever.
What did I think of it? Almost all of us have heard or read different versions of the gut-wrenching Partition that divided India and Pakistan. However, most of us have heard it or read about it from people who lived it and through history books.
Manreet Sodhi Someshwar takes us behind the scenes, where we see Vallabhbhai Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru working with Lord Mountbatten behind closed doors while on the other side of the threshold the common man is suddenly aware of the communal differences between him and his neighbor.
No major decision comes to a conclusion easily and it is even more difficult to implement. This path-breaking decision of the Partition not only drew a line creating two countries but also divided hearts, emotions, and solidarity as well.
Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is a very gifted writer
. From real Political names to fictional characters, her articulate writing skills make you connect to each one of them, and you live through their fears, angst, and loyalty.
Lahore is a very well-researched book, one that is written from the heart. It was not an easy read for me, but a rather emotional one.
Wow or Not Now? I think this could be a prequel for the other two books to follow, in this trilogy. Reading it will make you grateful for your freedom.
What Else? Manreet Sodhi Someshwars’s writing is so descriptive and beautiful that I could not help but visualize this book as a film when I read it. Also, such a striking cover!
**** 4 Stars to Lahore – Part 1 of The Partition Trilogy by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
My rating chart;
*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You may like it if you like this particular genre.
*****What! You haven’t read it YET?!
This blog post is part of the blog challenge, ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla